Lorraine Sharon, 93, of Randall, passed away on June 26, 2019 at the Little Falls Care Center. Funeral services for Lorraine will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m., at the Zion Lutheran Church in Browerville with Pastor Allan Mortenson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held at Zion Cemetery, Browerville.
Lorraine was born at home on April 15, 1926 in Todd County, to John & Marie (Schultz) Spandl. She was the fourth of six children. Lorraine grew up on the family farm in Little Elk Township, east of Browerville. She attended a one room country schoolhouse where she learned to love reading, spelling, and writing. During the years of the Great Depression, Lorraine learned to work incredibly long and hard and to not waste anything. As a young person, Lorraine was involved in 4-H, church choir and Luther League Youth Group. After completing school, she worked as a home health aide. Lorraine married her sweetheart, Laurel Carl (Bud) Sharon on June 6, 1945, the first anniversary of D-Day. The couple built their own home with lumber harvested on their farm in Parker Township west of Randall. Until their retirement, they operated a dairy farm specializing in Guernsey cattle.
Bud and Lorraine welcomed seven children into their family: Diane, Len, Russell, June, Becky, Lori and Lisa. Lorraine and Bud were members of Farm Bureau. Lorraine’s baking won many awards in that organization. Lorraine was an avid birdwatcher and gardener. She loved picking berries – especially wild blueberries and raspberries. Lorraine also enjoyed picking agates and was always looking for arrowheads while picking rocks in the fields.
Lorraine loved to spend time with her family. She was always proud of their accomplishments. She rejoiced with every graduation and wedding, but babies especially put a smile on her face. Lorraine liked old time gospel hymns and folk music, especially when a family member was playing or singing. She enjoyed dice and card games and playing Scrabble. Evenings often found Lorraine journaling, writing letters, patching clothes or doing embroidery. Lorraine had a caring heart and always put others first. She was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Lorraine lived her life guided by her strong, personal faith in Jesus Christ. She listened to Christian radio and read her Bible daily. Lorraine liked to read Christian historical fiction novels and biographies. Lorraine and Bud were lifelong members of Zion Lutheran Church in Browerville. Lorraine was involved in ALCW, Dorcas, and Lutheran World Relief. Lorraine loved quilting. Besides gifting them to family members, Lorraine sewed and donated 100s of quilts for Christian missions and disaster relief. Because of Jesus, Lorraine is now enjoying eternal life in Heaven.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Diane (Roger) Nelson, Leonard Sharon, Russell Sharon, June (Larry) Shutter, Rebekah (Brent) Wiltermuth, Lori (Vernon) Hintz and Lisa (Roger) Schuett; her sister: Sophie Abrahamson and her brother John Spandl, 21 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 2 great great grands along with many other relatives and friends.
Lorraine is preceded in death by her parents: John and Marie Spandl, her husband, Bud Sharon, her siblings: Lloyd Spandl, Lucille Baron and Irene Guse and her husband’s siblings: Ellen Johnson, Gladys Hokanson and Ardell (Sis) Solem.